American Society of Hematology

The Hematologist: ASH News and Reports, the Society's member newsletter, is designed for the broad constituency of ASH, all working toward the ultimate goal of conquering blood diseases. The Hematologist updates readers about important developments in the field of hematology and highlights what ASH is doing for its members.

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CAR T Cells in Refractory Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma

Dr. LaCasce discusses a study that evaluates CAR T-cell therapy as a novel approach to refractory aggressive B-cell lymphoma.

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New Clinical and Research Directions in Myeloma-Related Bone Disease

Drs. Raje and Santo discuss new insights into MM-related bone biology and therapeutic approaches to bone disease.

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Targeted Fetal Hemoglobin Induction Therapy May Need a Blood-Brain Barrier

Dr. Quinn looks at safety concerns of this therapy in human neurodevelopment.

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Presidents Column

Dr_ David A_ Williams - Presidents Column

David A. Williams, MD

Chief of Hematology/Oncology; Director of Clinical and Translational Research, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
Making Sense of New Drug Discovery
August 10, 2015

Dr. Williams highlights the many resources ASH provides to strengthen the field's research and drug discovery efforts.

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Clinical Trials Corner

CAR T Cells in Refractory Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma
August 12, 2015

Dr. LaCasce discusses a study that evaluates CAR T-cell therapy as a promising novel approach in patients with refractory aggressive B-cell lymphoma.

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Ask The Hematologist

Ask the Hematologist: Diagnosis of Immune Pathophysiology in Patients with Low-Risk Myelodysplastic Syndromes
August 14, 2015

Dr. Nakao discusses his approach to the diagnosis and treatment of immune pathophysiology in patients with low-risk myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS).

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Mini Review

New Clinical and Research Directions in Myeloma-Related Bone Disease
August 13, 2015

Dr. Raje and Dr. Santo discuss new insights into MM-related bone biology and potential novel therapeutic approaches for treating bone disease.

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Features

The Ubiquitous Tube: A Standardized Evacuated Tube for Blood Specimen Collection
August 19, 2015

Dr. Dawson talks about his journey as the inventor and developer of a standardized evacuated "tube" for blood specimen collection.

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  • NHLBI Releases Draft Strategic Research Priorities for Review and Comments

    The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) released its draft strategic research priorities and is requesting additional input from the scientific community by August 28, 2015. The strategic planning process aims to identify compelling questions and critical challenges that should be addressed within the next decade.  ASH submitted several research recommendations based on the ASH Agenda for Hematology Research and ASH Sickle Cell Priorities and is pleased to see many of them incorporated into the NHLBI's draft strategic research priorities. All ASH members are encouraged to review and comment by the deadline.  Please see link above for more details.

  • Medicare Releases Proposed Payment Rates and Associated Policies for Physicians in 2016

    On July 8, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed rule  governing payments for physician services and other associated policies covering the calendar year of 2016.  This is the first physician fee schedule proposed rule following the passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), which eliminated the sustainable growth rate formula that had long mandated cuts each year.  Please follow the link above to learn more.

  • Let ASH Know About Difficulties in Obtaining Guaranteed Coverage for Clinical Trials

    Guaranteeing access to clinical trials for cancer patients has long been a priority for ASH.  Recently, the Departments of Health and Human Services and Labor (which are both responsible for implementing the various provisions of the health reform law) announced there would not be federal regulations to implement the clinical trials coverage provision of the health reform law.  The agencies determined the statutory language was self-implementing, and indicated that the Departments do not expect to issue regulations in the near future.  Please follow the link above to learn more about this issue.

  • How the CMS Plans for ICD-10 Implementation Will Affect Hematologists

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a new plan that will introduce some leniency in the introduction of the new ICD-10 diagnosis coding system.  Most notably, claims will not be rejected if the diagnosis coding is not to the correct level of specificity.  To see an example from the field of hematology, please follow the link.  ASH staff has prepared a full article giving an example of the diagnosis coding for lymphoid leukemia.

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